Today you should read: Jeremiah 49
Still Held Responsible…
If we are born sinful, why are we punished for our sin?
This is a good question, and one that many have asked. It’s a real question. If we are born with a sinful nature, why do we deserve hell for sinning? Does that seem unfair?
I think this chapter speaks to this question. Although it doesn’t answer the question directly…I think it shows us the answer through its implications.
Here, we see that the nations that raided Israel are going to be punished. It seems crazy because throughout this whole book we’ve seen God’s plan to punish the Israelites through these other nations. God used these other nations, allowing them to plunder the Israelites. It was God’s plan. But now… we see that these nations are going to be held responsible for beating up God’s people. They are going to be punished for raiding Israel. They are going to be disciplined for pursuing their sin.
Although these nations were used of God (without knowing it) to discipline the Israelites, they are still held responsible for their actions. They still chose to pursue their own way, defeat Yahweh’s people, treat Israel unfairly, and live for their own glory. But, God is not just the God of Israel; He is in charge of every nation under heaven. That being so, every nation is held responsible for breaking God’s standard. These nations, although used in God’s plan, will be punished for their choice to sin.
So, as we relate to this and try to apply this story to our own lives, I think we can learn that we are still responsible for our own actions and our choice to sin. Though we are born with a nature that is enslaved to sin, we still choose to sin every day. We are sinners by nature and by choice. And although everything ultimately works for God’s overall plan, and though He uses our worst of circumstances for His overall plans, we are still responsible for the sin we commit and therefore the punishment is completely just.
With this in view…oh how marvelous the everlasting grace of God is, in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Though we were slaves to sin, sinners by choice, and hell bound, God sent His only Son to give us freedom and life.
Now that is grace!! Grace is our only hope. Grace is our greatest hope. No matter if you’ve been a Christian for 50 years or for 50 minutes, you are 100% dependent on the grace of God. You couldn’t earn one step of the way towards reconciliation with God. Not one step. It’s entirely grace. If we are tempted to think we can earn God’s favor or blessing or that we have earned God’s favor or blessings, we need to think again.
Because we are completely held responsible for our sin, grace is our only hope.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione